David Beckham has backed Louis van Gaal to be a success at Manchester United and believes the Dutchman’s dedication to youth makes him the perfect fit at Old Trafford.
Van Gaal, who will take over following the World Cup, has pledged to “make history” as United manager and Beckham says the club have made the right choice.
“He has got a history of working with young players, bringing players through academy systems at places like Ajax,” he told Sky Sports News.
“That can only be great for Manchester United.
“As a Manchester United fan and for Manchester United as a club, to have someone like this with his pedigree – he has worked with some of the biggest and best players in the world.”
Beckham also said his former teammate Ryan Giggs would adapt seamlessly to his new role as assistant, even saying he believed Giggs could have carried on playing.
He added: “I’m surprised he’s retired because he was still playing great. Physically he’s still in great condition, to play for so many years at the top level you have to be in great condition.
“Now he has a new role at the club and it was great to see him walk out as Manchester United manager for those four games.
“When you’ve got someone like Giggsy, who all the players respect and all the fans love, it makes a huge difference.
“His role now has totally changed and I’m sure he will find it an easy transition because he takes things in his stride, he’s not affected by anything.”
Beckham, who made 265 appearances for United, scoring 61 goals, also had a suggestion for the incoming manager regarding his ‘Class of 92’ teammates.
“It will be great to see if Scholesy, Butty and Phil can be involved,” he said.
“When I saw them all sat on the bench it was an amazing sight and it was one that made me emotional – I’ve spent my whole career with these lads.”